IPVM is producing the definitive series on installing surveillance cameras. This entry covers one of the most common scenarios - installing dome cameras indoors and is the second entry following Installing Box Cameras Indoors Guide
Inside we teach how to install, including:
- What installation materials to choose from
- Single vs Double Gang Low Voltage Brackets
- Octagon Box and Octagon Extension Rings
- Octagon Box With Hanger
- Toggle Bolts
- Furring Strips and Wood Screws
- Drop Ceiling Installation How-To
- Recessed Ceiling Installation How-To
- Drywall Wall Installation How-To
- Which Installer Skills Are Needed
- Tools Required
Plus, we provide 8 demonstration videos showing installation materials and methods for dome form factor cameras.
Steps To Installing Domes
Installing dome cameras have a few core steps:
- Determine or verify which mount material / method should be used. e.g. Will the camera be ceiling or wall mount? Has the customer budgeted for recessed mounts?
- Ensure that you have the tools and parts needed for the installation.
- Prepare the mounting material e.g., install anchors or brackets, install recessed mounts, make penetration holes.
- Mount the camera and, depending on the model, a backplate or backbox if included in the design.
- Connect patch cable, aim the camera, adjust focus and install the bubble.
The first step to a proper installation is selecting the appropriate materials. The following video provides an overview of several different fasteners, anchors, boxes, brackets, and other mounting material used when installing domes.
In many cases, the cabling attached to a dome is best recessed into the wall in order to protect it from tampering, vandalism, and general unsightliness. To secure the cable within the wall or within a junction box, a special retrofit bracket is fitted to the wall for securely anchoring a box to the surface of the wall.